Photo - (From left) Chief Executive Officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia, Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab; and Managing Director of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Martin Sutherland sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a general framework for potential future collaboration in the field of cyber security.
Malaysia's national specialist agency CyberSecurity Malaysia is to collaborate with the UK-headquartered defence, aerospace and security systems provider BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to extend the future capability and capacity of cyber security into the future.
Under the memorandum of understanding [MoU] signed at BAE Systems Global Delivery Centre in Kuala Lumpur, a general framework for potential future collaboration in the field of cyber security is to be developed, said CyberSecurity Malaysia's chief executive officer Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab.
"We encourage local and international collaboration with key companies and organisations to provide Malaysia with the necessary technology, capability and capacity to make the Malaysian cyber environment more reliable, safe and trustworthy," said Dr Amirudin.
"Both CyberSecurity Malaysia and BAE Systems agree that it is necessary to establish and strengthen cooperative efforts related to development of capability and capacity in information security," he said. "We wish to formalise this collaboration under the auspices of a 'Strategic Technology Collaboration,' which is planned to evolve over the course of time."
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence managing director, Martin Sutherland, said, "BAE Systems has invested, and will continue to invest, in Malaysia, not least through the establishment of its 'Global Delivery Centre,' which uses Malaysian engineering and business talent for the purpose of establishing a significant in-country capability in support of Malaysia's vision for a safer and more secure cyberspace in Malaysia."
"With the MoU signed, we now have the basis for business cooperation with CyberSecurity Malaysia for the purpose of developing a mutually beneficial relationship through which we can both leverage our respective knowledge, experience, capabilities and products to identify, explore and exploit commercial opportunities in relation to the provision of cyber security solutions in Malaysia,' said Sutherland.
CyberSecurity Malaysia's Dr Amirudin added that Malaysia has a long history of collaboration and trading with the UK. In 2011, the UK was Malaysia's fourth largest trading partner among European Union countries with a total trade of RM13.5 billion [US$4.13 billion] while Malaysia was UK's second largest trading partner in Asean. The total trade between Malaysia and the UK is expected to reach RM40 billion [US$12.22 billion] by 2016. Among the areas of focused between Malaysian and UK companies are education, investment, aircraft security, counter insurgency, and cyber security.